102 VISA-FREE DESTINATIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVELLERS

Powered by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in-house research and expert commentary, Henley & Partners has released its latest Henley Passport Index. The report ranks passports from every country around the world according to the number of countries its holders can travel to without a visa.

According to its website, “the Henley Passport Index is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa”.

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Having looked at 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations, Japan was ranked the highest, with its passport-holders having access to an incredible 189 destinations.

In joint-second position were Singapore and Germany and these countries were followed by Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain and Sweden.

South Africa ranked 50th on the list, with passport-holders having visa-free access to 102 countries. South Africa has, however, shown a decrease in the travel freedom its passport affords citizens.

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“Among the African countries that are experiencing a reduction in the travel freedom associated with their passports is South Africa. Since reaching its highest rank of 35th globally in both the 2008 and 2009 Henley Passport Index listings, South Africa has dropped 15 places, now occupying 50th place overall,” says Ryan Cummings, Director of political and security risk-management consultancy firm Signal Risk.

In fact, sub-Saharan Africa experienced a decline in the 2018 year-to-date ranking, while over the past decade, the majority of the continent’s countries have fallen in the rankings.

Below are the countries South Africans can travel to visa-free:

* Visa on arrival ** eTA
Africa
Asia
Europe
Oceania
Caribbean
Americas
Middle East
AngolaCambodia *IrelandCook IslandsAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmenia *
Benin *Hong Kong (SAR China)KosovoFijiBahamasBelizeGeorgia
BotswanaIndonesiaRussian FederationMarshall Islands *BarbadosBolivia *Iran *
Cape Verde Islands *Kyrgyzstan *MicronesiaBritish Virgin IslandsBrazilIsrael
Comores Islands *Laos *NiueCayman IslandsChileJordan *
Djibouti *Macao (SAR China)Palau Islands *DominicaCosta RicaOman *
Ethiopia *MalaysiaSamoaDominican RepublicEcuadorPalestinian Territory
GabonMaldives *Tuvalu *GrenadaEl SalvadorQatar
Ghana *Nepal *VanuatuHaitiFalkland IslandsTurkey *
Guinea-Bissau *PhilippinesJamaicaGuatemala
KenyaSingaporeMontserratGuyana
LesothoSouth KoreaSt. Kitts and NevisHonduras
Madagascar *Sri Lanka *St. LuciaNicaragua
MalawiTajikistan *St. Vincent and the GrenadinesPanama
Mauritania *ThailandTrinidad and TobagoParaguay
MauritiusTimor-Leste *Turks and Caicos IslandsPeru
MozambiqueUruguay
NamibiaVenezuela
Reunion
Rwanda *
Senegal
Seychelles *
Somalia *
St. Helena *
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo *
Tunisia
Uganda *
Zambia
Angola
Benin *
Botswana

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